posted November 21, 2011

Hope and Holland Jazz Groups to Present “The Radiohead Project” Dec. 6

Alternative rock will be presented with a jazz flair when the Holland Jazz Orchestra and the Hope College Jazz Arts Collective combine to present "The Radiohead Project" on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The two ensembles will perform jazz arrangements of multiple Radiohead tunes developed through the international "Radiohead Jazz Project," which was established in 2010 and co-commissioned by the Frankfurt Radio Bigband (hr-Bigband) and the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.  The initiative to adapt the works to the large jazz ensemble format followed the interpretation and recording of Radiohead songs by many jazz solo artists and small ensembles.  Featuring arrangements by an international team of jazz artists, the project to extend the repertoire to large ensembles resulted in 12 titles released this summer as the "Radiohead Jazz Series."

The concert at Hope will feature several selections from the series.  The Holland Jazz Orchestra will perform "Idioteque," "Bodysnatchers," "Kid A," "Knives Out," "All I Need" and "There, There."  The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective will perform "Everything in its Right Place," "High and Dry," "Paranoid Android" and "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushed Tin Box."

The English alternative rock band Radiohead was formed in 1985, releasing its first single in 1992 and first album in 1993. The cutting-edge, five-piece group achieved notoriety in the U.K. by the mid-1990s and international recognition before the turn of the century. In 2005, the band was ranked 73rd on "Rolling Stone's" list of "The Greatest Artists of All Time."

The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble at Hope College.  Directed by Brian Coyle, who is a professor of music and director of jazz studies at Hope, the collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Comprised of a rhythm section and flexible wind instrumentation, this select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music.

The Holland Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of the great Jazz Ensemble repertoire both historic and contemporary.  The group is made up of professional, semi-professional and community members alike.  Coyle is the music director and the manager is Paul Wesselink, who is a trombonist with the Holland Symphony Orchestra and a professional recording engineer.

The music will continue after the concert with the Fusion, Standards and Mainstream Jazz Ensembles at Butch's in downtown Holland immediately following the concert.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.  Butch's is located at 44 E. Eighth St.